Did The Dolphins Troll Kenny Stills By Playing Jay-Z Songs During Practice?
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) It appears Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores used music to show his support for Roc Nation founder Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's partnership with the National Football League. According to reports, Flores had multiple Jay-Z songs played at the beginning of the team's practice on Tuesday.
This specific playlist was selected after Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills criticized the Roc Nation/NFL deal. Stills particularly took issue with Jay suggesting it was time to move passed just kneeling during the national anthem as a protest and start actions to combat racial injustice and systemic oppression.
"I wonder how many common people that [Jay-Z] knows or that he has spoken to. I wonder if he has read my Facebook comments or my Instagram comments or some of the things people say to me. To be able to speak on it and say that we’re moving past something, it didn’t seem very informed," stated Stills.
Jay-Z's long-term partnership with the NFL includes Roc Nation serving as the league’s official Live Music Entertainment Strategists. There is also a component of the deal that will bolster the NFL's Inspire Change initiative which will reportedly allow NFL players to choose priorities areas with a focus on education and economic advancement, improving police-community relations, and fighting for criminal justice reform.
"With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” said Jay-Z in a press release. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas – instead, we unify them. This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently removed himself from the league's committee on social justice after he received significant backlash for hosting a $250,000/ticket fundraiser for President Donald Trump in the Hamptons. Stills publicly criticized Ross for raising money for Trump's re-election campaign.
"Stephen made the decision last week and informed the NFL and members of the working committee that he was going to step aside from the group and continue to focus his efforts at RISE,” said the Dolphins in a statement. “He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that has been done by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education.”
In response to Ross' fundraiser, Stills tweeted a copy of the RISE mission statement which claims the organization's goal is to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice, and improve race relations. His tweet was captioned, "🤔 You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump."